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February 23, 2010 | By Maria L. LaGanga
Arthur Mijares never saw it coming when he filed the federal paperwork to change the name of Contra Costa County's most famous landmark from Mt. Diablo to Mt. Reagan. It's not that he's such a big fan of the 40th president of the United States. It's just that he believes, as a devout Christian, that naming a peak of such beauty and importance after the devil -- even in Spanish -- is "derogatory, pejorative, offensive, obscene, blasphemous and profane." "I just happen to be an ordinary man that worships God," Mijares said by way of explanation.
February 3, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A nuclear power plant in Avila Beach shut down one of its two generators after an electrical arc that apparently was sparked during a storm, a utility spokeswoman said Monday night. Unit 2 at the Diablo Canyon Power Plant went offline automatically Sunday morning as rain fell along the Central Coast, Pacific Gas & Electric spokeswoman Kristin Inman said. "The system performed as designed and automatically went offline to protect equipment," PG&E said in as statement. Inman said a preliminary investigation shows that the arc resulted from a buildup of dust that mixed with moisture on a lightning arrestor.
June 14, 2005 | Joe Robinson
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays and devil's food baker Betty Crocker may use the name of a certain fallen angel with impunity, but Art Mijares draws the line at Contra Costa County's highest peak, Mt. Diablo. It's so offensive to his religious sensibilities that this rock, which dominates the vista from his home in Oakley, Calif., bears the Spanish name for the devil that he's trying to change the name to Mt. Kawakum, which he says is a Native American term for "laughing mountain, everywhere seen."
November 22, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
In a chess match between two of the Southland's best coaches, it was Santa Ana Mater Dei's defense that kept Mission Viejo in check, intercepting three passes, recovering a fumble and forcing a turnover on downs deep in its own territory to key the Monarchs' 21-14 Southern Section Pac-5 Division quarterfinal win Friday at Santa Ana Stadium. Landon Iakopo rushed for 41 yards in eight carries, but his biggest contribution came on the opposite side of the ball when he knocked down a pass at the goal line on fourth and goal from the 10-yard line early in the fourth quarter.
March 15, 1986 | BILL BILLITER, Times Staff Writer
Despite a protest by scores of parents and students about the nickname for Mission Viejo High School--Diablo, or the devil--school officials said Friday that the name will stick. "The Diablo name is going to remain," said Jeff Herdman, director of testing, research and community relations for the school district. "But there's going to be a new drawing, a new design" for the school logo. About 400 parents attended a school board meeting this week to debate a possible nickname change.
December 10, 1987
A 23-year-old woman was fatally wounded during an quarrel with her boyfriend Tuesday night, Escondido Police Lt. Earl Callander said. Marolyn Marie Clark, 23, a transient, died at Palomar Hospital following a shooting in the 2200 block of Avenida del Diablo. Richard Allen Tomzack was arrested on suspicion of murder and was being held at the County Jail in Vista. The shooting took place in the caretaker's residence, at a mini-storage lot, that Tomzack shared with his father.
April 13, 1989 | DICK WAGNER, Times Staff Writer
Diablo, a gray Brahman bull that the charros (cowboys) approached with an uneasy mixture of respect and apprehension, waited in a pen at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena on Sunday morning. Although his dark eyes revealed no rage, it was clear that Diablo, as he jostled his pen mates in the pleasant sunshine, did not tend toward congeniality. Whoever would attempt to ride this horned, thick-carcassed 2,000-pound well-named beast during the charreada (rodeo) would be in for a devil of a time.
They're big, they're hairy and they go out night after night looking for a date. But these aren't your average mall crawlers. They're male tarantulas, amorous arachnids whose social life could give anyone the creeps. First, the hapless male has to wait eight years before he's old enough to go looking for love. Then, when the romance is over, it's really over. The evening ends with the female gobbling up her mate in an efficient, if ruthless, example of prenatal care.
March 4, 1985 | RICHARD O'REILLY
A printed book has a more professional look than a typewritten manuscript, and a newspaper has a more professional look than a typed newsletter. It is a small thing: a matter of character spacing to account for the difference between narrow letters and wide, a process known as proportional spacing. Yet minor as it may seem, it is quite complicated to achieve and thus usually limited to publications that have been typeset with expensive, computer-driven equipment.
October 8, 1986 | GERALD SCOTT, Times Staff Writer
Assistant coaches at high school football games are easy to spot. They're guys with a sense of purpose. Five minutes before kickoff, they march up the stands and into the press box as if they are on a secret mission. Usually wearing school-color-coordinated shirts and slacks, baseball caps with the school insignia and earphones, the stern-faced assistants become the eyes of the head coach on the field.
October 25, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
Is Mission Viejo the best team in Orange County?  The Diablos stated their case in emphatic fashion Friday night, breaking a scoreless tie with 20 unanswered points in the second quarter on their way to a 37-7 victory over South Coast League rival Santa Margarita Tesoro at Mission Viejo High.  On a night that when Santa Margarita upset Santa Ana Mater Dei and Anaheim Servite beat Orange Lutheran on the final play, there was no such drama for...
October 17, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
For her first stint in the director's chair, "Juno" screenwriter Diablo Cody has concocted a modern-day "Alice Through the Looking Glass," with none of the danger or wit. "Paradise" follows a home-schooled, Jesus-loving Montana lass who loses her faith and heads to Sin City to experience the corrupting power of real life. The not-so-wild ride is essentially sappy, however much of Cody's self-consciously barbed dialogue its characters are forced to utter. As the symbolically named Lamb, Julianne Hough is sweetly intent on a firsthand encounter with "your basic abominations.
September 27, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
Nearly 3,000 miles already separate Casa Diablo from Newark City Hall. But this week, Cory Booker strove mightily to increase that distance. After word leaked out that the ambitious young Newark mayor had held a brief Twitter flirtation with a comely exotic dancer here, his Senate campaign in New Jersey issued a statement downplaying the incident. "The only mildly surprising thing about this story is the news that there's a vegan strip club in Portland," Booker's campaign said, indicating that the bachelor mayor knew neither Portland nor Casa Diablo, where one kind of flesh is happily embraced and another strictly prohibited.
September 12, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
The Morgan fire that has charred more than 3,100 acres in and around Mt. Diablo state park in the Bay Area was caused by target shooting, fire officials said Thursday afternoon. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection did not elaborate on target shooting, saying only that the cause "remains an ongoing investigation. " At the height of the blaze, which broke out Sunday afternoon near Clayton in Contra Costa County, flames threatened more than 100 homes and power lines.
September 11, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The Morgan fire at Mt. Diablo State Park in Northern California was 70% contained on Wednesday, and officials said they hoped to have it fully contained by Friday. An estimated 3,133 acres have burned so far, said Tina Rose, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The fire, which was first reported Sunday afternoon, spread rapidly because of steep terrain and dry conditions, Rose said.  “It's hard to keep a fire under control when it's bone-dry because the slightest little wind is going to spread the fire,” Rose said.
September 9, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A fast-moving Bay Area brush fire raging out of control in and around Mt. Diablo State Park had charred at least 3,700 acres, fire officials said Monday evening. The Morgan fire was 20% contained but more than doubled in size during the day as firefighters on the ground struggled with hot weather and erratic winds that were pushing flames across dry brush, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. "It's been another really hot day," Cal Fire Staff Chief David Shew told The Times.
February 13, 2000
Re "Planning Nuclear Plant's Retirement," Feb. 6: While the area of Diablo Canyon and Montana de Oro State Park is a lovely stretch of coast that should largely be protected from development, the San Luis Obispo County residents who believe that pursuing an initiative to limit future housing in this area are in a state of denial about the main threat to their health and safety, the Diablo Canyon nuclear power facility. As if it's not bad enough to have two large nuclear reactors at Diablo Canyon within a few miles of the Hosgri fault, which is the largest subsidiary of the San Andreas fault, now Pacific Gas & Electric is seeking permission to use the site as a longer-term nuclear waste dump because the current irradiated fuel ponds are getting quite crowded.
After putting in a full day at his computer technician job, a 30-year-old Internet game player known as Ebaid went home, logged on to a game called "EverQuest" and started his night job. His game character donned armor, slapped on his sword and began slaying beasts so he could make some real money. Hail the rise of yet another strange creature of the Internet revolution--the professional online game hunter. Ebaid played for hours, slaying every computer-generated monster on his screen.
September 9, 2013 | By Jason Wells
More than 700 firefighters were trying to get the upper hand Monday on a Bay Area wildfire that has burned 1,500 acres in Mt. Diablo State Park. Called the Morgan fire, the blaze was first reported Sunday shortly after 1 p.m. in the kind of steep, dry terrain that has fueled the rapid spread of other wildfires this year, most notably the Rim fire near Yosemite National Park. A large order of new firefighters was called in as the Morgan fire nearly doubled overnight, prompting authorities to issue evacuation orders for about 100 homes.
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